Statewide Recap 1-19

 

BOYS

Class AAAAAAA

No. 7 Grayson 77, Archer 66: Unsigned senior guard Nick Edwards continued his red-hot play, going off for 27 points. Deivon Smith posted 22 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Kenyon Jackson added 4 points and 8 boards.

Lambert 82, North Forsyth 59: Jordan McIlwain drilled 6 threes en route to 26 points and 8 rebounds. Mitch Ganote had 18 points and 10 assists. Andrew Hama added 11 points and 4 steals. Damon Stoudamire Jr. collected 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Parkview 79, Central Gwinnett 75: Ahmir Langlais powered the Panthers with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks.

Berkmar 64, Brookwood 40: Tony Johnson dropped 23 points in the win.

Class AAAAAA

No. 2 Gainesville 89, Dacula 55: The Red Elephants blasted the Falcons. KJ Buffen (16), Bailey Minor (15), Griffin Nevel (12), Xavier Bledson (11) and Jarred Rosser (10) paced Gainesville. Clayton State-signee Arusha Hunter and Quincy Ademokoya led Dacula with 13 points apiece. Shayne Buckingham had 10 points and Brenden Tucker scored 8. Mekhail Bethea did not play.

No. 9 Bradwell Institute 60, No. 3 Brunswick 52: The Pirates ran out of late game magic, losing to the Tigers. Isaiah Scott scored 16 points, picking up the slack for an injured Javonte LeCounte.

Lee County 75, Northside-Warner Robins 60: TJ Harris (21) and Javian Johnson (20) combined for 41 points in the Trojan win.

Alpharetta 67, Centennial 62: Brandon Barron poured in 23 points and RJ Pass had 17. Ryan Jenei scored 16. Rodney Howard totaled 13 points in the loss for the Knights.

Lanier 70, Habersham Central 50: Sion James (18), Alex Walker (15) and Adrian Martin (14) paced the Longhorns.

Apalachee 64, Winder-Barrow 56: Derek Miller finished with 14 points, 19 rebounds and 3 steals. Jamonte Wallace had 18 points and Deron Collier tacked on 7. Brandon Bannis tallied 13 points and 8 rebounds. Parker Miller scored 6.

Chattahoochee 68, Northview 57: Will Bracknell and AJ White scored 21 points apiece while Grant VanBeveren had 9 points in the win.

Class AAAAA

No. 1 Warner Robins 68, Thomas County Central 38: Jacolbey Owens (18), Champ Dawson (15) and Keshun Houser (12) all scored double figures. Jaron Zanders added 8 points.

Flowery Branch 66, Loganville 38: Justin Quick finished with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals. Myles Janess had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Patsheko Lutumba added 10 points. Blake Coxworth chipped in 8 points and 5 assists. JJ Greene had 7 points.

Starr’s Mill 58, McIntosh 48: The Panthers avenged a 64-54 loss in the Battle of the Bubble round 2. Julian Lynch put up 17 points. Drew Hudson and Nate Allison each had 16.

Class AAAA

No. 1 Upson-Lee 89, No. 3 Mary Persons 58: The Knights embarrassed Mary Persons in front of a capacity crowd at The Castle. MTSU-commit Tye Fagan poured in 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Cameron Traylor had 17 points and Travon Walker posted 12 points and 15 rebounds. Cam Holden scored 21 in the loss.

No. 2 St. Pius X 71, Stephens County 56: Troy Stephens scored 17 points and snagged 3 steals. Kennedy Willis finished with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Matt Gonzalo had 12 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. Niko Broadway had 10 points. DeUndra Singleton piled in 21 points, Ty Nails had 14 points and Tae Thornton netted 10 points for the Indians.

No. 4 Westover 85, Hardaway 50: Jordan Brown dumped in 28 points and 7 assists. Cam Weston had 18 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. Kris Gardner posted 16 points and 8 assists. Mike Isler Jr. had 7 points and 12 rebounds.

No. 7 Cartersville 58, Cedartown 25: Furman-signee Jaylon Pugh had 17 points and Perignon Dyer netted 10 in the win.

No. 9 Carver-Columbus 51, Columbus 37: AJ Watts scored 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the Tigers. Jalen King added 8 points and 7 rebounds. Xaiyhir Jacobs finished with 5 points and 9 rebounds. Noah Lott led Columbus with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Gray Voltz had 6 points.

Northwest Whitfield 79, Pickens 42: In the loss, Seth Bishop had 13 points and 5 rebounds. Keinyuan Hooks added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.

Jefferson 63, Madison County 42: Coach Kevin Morris’ reclamation project in Year 1 continued to flourish as the Dragons earned their 14th win after going 4-21 last season. Jasper Gibson (14), Jacob Radaker (11) and Donsha Gaither (10) led the way.

West Hall 60, Marist 37: Dee Buffington dropped 20 points and Noah Edmondson pitched in 15 in the Region 7 win.

LaFayette 61, Ridgeland 39: Alex Kelehear had 26 points. Jon Morgan added 13.

Class AAA

No. 1 Morgan County 66, Franklin County 49: Alec Woodard finished with 17 points to lead the Bulldogs while Anthony Cooper had 14 and Tyrin Lawrence 11. Franklin County received 14 points apiece from Titus Brown and Micah Roebuck.

No. 4 GAC 75, Union County 31: Roy Dixon scored 17 points, Chris Hinton had 13 and Ben Sheppard netted 12 for the Spartans. Hunter McIntosh finished with 11 points.3d Pierson Allison led Union County with 12. Patrick Baggett tossed in 11.

No. 5 Westside-Macon 103, Kendrick 90: Greg Holloway scored 26 points as the lead man for the Khavon Moore-less Seminoles. Javian Mosley tacked on 20 points and Des Foston scored 17.

No. 8 Windsor Forest 68, Savannah 53: Benjamin Mitchell scored 19 points and Lamon Page had 16.

No. 9 Dawson County 71, Lumpkin County 42: Cullen Reed scored 16 points to lead four double digit scorers. Ryan Gallenkamp had 13 points, Campbell Reed 13 and Jeremiah Crumley 10. Kane Pelfrey scored 7.

Monroe Area 80, Jackson County 61: Isaiah Glasper (19), Lakendric Lyles (12) and Quontarius Lackey (10) led the Hurricanes in scoring. Elijah Goodman had 9 points and 4 blocks. Michael Gray added 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Hart County 59, East Jackson 40: Elijah Robinson scored 14 points to help the Bulldogs to their fourth-straight Region 8 win. Tay Howard had a game-high 17 points in defeat.

Long County 65, Tattnall County 62: The Blue Tide is surging. Henry Blair scored 23 points followed by Terry Smith’s 16 and Christian Bass’ 10 points as Long County moved into first-place in Region 2.

Class AA

No. 4 Dublin 73, Bleckley County 59: Kam Pauldo had 28 points and 7 assists. Clarence Jackson added 20 points and 14 rebounds.

No. 5 Elbert County 54, Social Circle 31: Jamison Syphore had 17 points and 9 rebounds.

No. 10 Banks County 68, Monticello 61: Carl Cleveland pumped in 25 points and had 7 assists for the Leopards. Dylan Orr added 21 points and 10 rebounds. Gabe Martin scored 16 points and blocked 2 shots. Darius Bonds tallied 11 assists. In the loss, Ashton Bonner finished with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Malik Crawford double-doubled with 21 points and 11 rebounds. De’Ivion Lawrence had 9 points and 5 rebounds.

Gordon Central 80, Armuchee 63: Quan Curtis dropped 30 points to power the Warriors. Christian Marycz had 13 and Turner Mathis scored 11 in Gordon Central’s first win of the season.

Dodge County 67, East Laurens 17: Nick Cummings had 20 points. DeMarcus Caines scored 18 and Chris Clark netted 13.

Jeff Davis 74, Metter 57: Ja’Queze Kirby erupted for 34 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and 5 blocks in an important region victory.

Class A-Private

No. 5 Stratford Academy 60, Mt. de Sales 48: Jaden Harris scored 21 points and Devin Butts had 10.

Wesleyan 42, No. 6 Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 41: Wesleyan received 10 points from Micah Smith and 8 from JD Kavel in an important win. Stevie Crawford snatched 8 rebounds. In the loss, Tahj Keeton posted 18 points and 10 rebounds. Marques Frye had 10 points and Cam Bennett finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

No. 7 Lakeview Academy 72, Towns County 55: Blake McIntyre had 19 points followed by Drew Cottrell’s 16 and Holden Cooper’s 10.

Darlington 65, Trion 54: JD Hull had 16 points and Sam Tackeberry netted 14 in the win. Griffin Brewster and Barrick Wade added 10 apiece.

Fellowship Christian 71, Walker 68: Walker’s struggles continued with a loss to the Paladins. The Wolverines were led by Chandler Baker’s 22 points. Darius Garvin had 11 and Omar Cooper had 10.

Class A-Public

Dooly County 78, Crawford County 43: Jarquavius Brown had 21 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists. Zeff Felton added 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Non-GHSA

Oak Hill, VA (B-Team) 91, Dawson Christian Academy 87 OT: Luke Chism had 32 points. Ethan Bryant scored 16 followed by Ahmad Kamara (15), Eli Burruss (13) and Seth Davis (11).
 

GIRLS

Class AAAAAAA

No. 5 Cherokee 57, Roswell 37: Sydne Watts had 15 points. Kate Johnson scored 8 and Laiken Wade, Olivia Herrera and Chatham Brown all had 6 points.

No. 6 North Forsyth 46, Lambert 30: Catherine Shope had 23 points. Caroline Martin added 7 points and 9 assists. Cassie Markle posted 6 points and 9 rebounds.

Grayson 67, Archer 63: Jazmine Robinson had 18 points and 5 rebounds. Bianca Fizouaty had 16 points and 3 rebounds.

Class AAAAAA

No. 2 Winder-Barrow 54, Apalachee 28:  UConn-commit Olivia Nelson-Ododa scored the 1,500th point of her career while College of Charleston-commit Latrice Perkins pumped in 15 points.

No. 7 Northview 71, Chattahoochee 20: Eden Sample outscored the Lady Cougars with 23 points. Ashlee Austin had 12 points. Alahna Richards and Megan Cistulli had 8 apiece.

Dacula 49, Gainesville 46: The Lady Falcons drilled five threes in the fourth quarter to beat Gainesville. Kendall Bollmer had 14 points and 4 rebounds. Aiyana Hamilton collected 11 points and 9 rebounds while Keyanna Gibbs finished with 8 points and 7 boards. Chelsey Abel contributed 8 points and 4 rebounds.

Class AAAAA

No. 2 Flowery Branch 73, Loganville 35: Lexie Sengkhammee had 16 points and 5 assists while Alabama-signee Taniyah Worth posted 14 points, 4 assists and 5 steals. Ashley Scott collected 11 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. Ashley Woodroffe had 10 points and 4 rebounds. Caroline Wysocki chipped in 8 points and 4 assists.

Class AAAA

No. 1 Carver-Columbus 81, Columbus 33: Sya Hall had 18 points, Olivia Cochran posted 13 points and 6 rebounds and Mariah Igus surpassed the 1,000-point barrier with 13 points and 3 steals in the win.

No. 4 Northwest Whitfield 72, Pickens 61: The Bruins received 18 points from Holly Heath. Jada Griffin double-doubled with 16 points and 10 rebounds. MaLane Kyer had 11 points and 5 steals. Mykenzie Weaver had 32 points in a losing effort. Torie Williams put up 9 points and 7 assists. Shelby Cook chipped in 6 points and 9 rebounds.

No. 6 Madison County 54, Jefferson 38:  Jordan Bailey dropped in 17 points to pace the Red Raiders. McKenzie Tyner scored 11 to lead Jefferson.

St. Pius X 63, Stephens County 44: Nana Eades (12) and Tykia Thompson (9) paced the Lady Indians in the loss.

West Laurens 69, Perry 56: Ja’Kerra Wilbur had 22 points and 5 assists while MaKayla Murray double-doubled with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Calmela Mack pitched in 16 points and 4 steals in the win.

White County 57, Chestatee 51: Naomi Crumley and Dasha Cannon scored 14 points apiece. Madi Phillips (9) and Erin Dorsey (8) chipped in.

Class AAA

No. 1 GAC 66, Union County 53: MTSU-signee Taylor Sutton dropped 21 points and Wofford-commit MaryMartha Turner added 13 in GAC’s win over Union County. The Lady Panthers were led by Bailey Daniel’s 25 points. Brooke Dockrey scored 11 and Kait McCarter added 10.

No. 8 North Murray 52, Murray County 40: Raven Stone scored 16 points. Korbin Tipton netted 15 and Sarah Plemons had 12.

No. 9 Hart County 62, East Jackson 29: Torrion Starks poured in 30 points in the win. A’cira Teasley added 9 points while Taniya Alexander finished with 8 points and 17 rebounds. East Jackson was led by Abbie Howington’s 8.

Jenkins 36, Islands 29: Ki Gaskins had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals and 1 block. Zaniyah Sealey put up 10 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks. Jessie Barre had 7 points and 4 rebounds.

Dawson County 43, Lumpkin County 22: A healthy Kaylee Sticker was a major difference, scoring 16 points in the win. Sticker did not play in their 46-39 loss to Lumpkin County in December. Anna Lowe scored 11 points and Cadey Ayers had 8.

Class AA

Monticello 51, No. 2 Banks County 41: Banks County had a chance to take a death grip on Region 8 but instead were upset by Monticello after skyrocketing in the rankings. Amber Williams had 12 points in the loss. Jaycie Bowen had 10, Allison Smith (8) and Maddie Thomas (6).

No. 5 Putnam County 56, No. 6 Rabun County 47: In the loss, Laken Stiles finished with 19 points and 5 rebounds. Georgia Stockton had 13 points and 4 rebounds while Destiny Deetz added 12 rebounds. Putnam County rallied, taking their first lead with 2:30 left in the game to close out the LadyCats.

East Laurens 55, No. 8 Dodge County 47: The Squaws continued their slide with another loss. Destanee Wright had 16 points, Europe Brown scored 13 and Zanessia Mitchell netted 12.

No. 10 Bryan County 53, Toombs County 42: Olonna Rawls went off for 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Kelsey Leggett added 11 points.

Class A-Private

No. 2 Wesleyan 77, Mt. Vernon Presbyterian 17: Nicole Azar scored 14 points and Paige Lyons added 12 points and 6 assists. AC Carter had 11 points. Furman-signee Sutton West collected 8 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.

Athens Academy 51, No. 7 Prince Avenue Christian 44: Gabby Mastandrea had 19 points and 5 rebounds while Rose Bone posted 18 points and 6 rebounds. Maddie McCleary scored 7 points and Greer Moseley netted 7.

Galloway 65, SACA 47: Jada Ryce poured in 21 points followed by Caitlin Felts’ 16 points and Meredith Potts’ 13. Mel Hartz added 9 points.

Savannah Christian 46, Woodville-Tompkins 32: Paige Dennis scored 15 points and Keziah Goodway had 14 for the Lady Raiders.

Fellowship Christian 62, Walker 58: Colorado-signee Cameron Swartz exploded for 46 points (6 threes) on Senior Night to rally the Lady Paladins, scoring five points in the final 44 seconds to push past the Wolverines.

Lakeview Academy 58, Towns County 38: Maddy Towles had 14 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Tori Taylor added 13 points and 7 rebounds while Sasvanna Kinsey posted 10 points and 8 rebounds.

Fitzgerald 64, Thomasville 62: Kirstin Crook had 18 points while Trinity Jones had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Hayleigh Ross added 13 points and 5 rebounds.

Class A-Public

No. 3 Telfair County 68, Echols County 46: India Wells had 29 points and Tanajawa Graham added 10. Brandy Mackey pitched in 8 points.

Gentle giant Derek Miller, more than just a force in the paint

Contributed by Rob Grubbs   (@RCGJr226070)

Sponsored by:   @sportalspace

In a generation of excess, many today are defined by what they don’t have instead of the things they do. While the destination is important, the journey is richer and more rewarding. Apalachee senior 6-foot-7 forward Derek Miller is on a journey as he nears his graduation from high school. Derek is a star for the Wildcat basketball team, but to define him by that fact comes up woefully short, he is so much more. While basketball is a big part and figures to provide the avenue for his journey in the near future, it is just one component of this young man who is extremely comfortable being himself, a trait that can never be taken for granted and refreshing in today’s athletes.

His senior year has been interesting to say the least. Gone is the only high school head coach he knew, Kevin Morris, who moved on to Jefferson High School and in his place, first-year head coach Spencer Bernstein. Add to that he is returning from a season ending injury last year and there were a lot of unknowns coming into the year. While the record is not as strong as they would like (8-10), all of their losses have been by seven points or less including three in overtime; they could easily be 12-6 or better with a few breaks here and there. But there is still a lot of that story to write, as Derek and the Wildcats have improved throughout the season and look to jell at the right time when the Region 8-AAAAAA tournament starts. But again, Derek is so much more than just the leader of an improving basketball team.

A Special Bond

Derek was born in Peoria, Illinois, he says he still prefers the cold and misses it with his easy smile.  He moved here when he was six, his father passed away when he was a youngster and the family moved south. His mom, Tiana and older sister, Saboyce, settled in Winder, Georgia. When talking to Derek and his mom, you can sense the closeness; they finish each other’s sentences at times and even communicate with an unspoken eye language. Tiana works the night shift and does not get to see him play usually. She keeps up with his games via text messages afterwards and even then, “He forgets to tell me, so I have to text him to see how it went,” she said while cutting her eyes towards him.

Derek with his mother Tiana

The special times for them are on her off days, when Derek cooks breakfast for her and they enjoy the opportunity to share the moment. His specialty is waffles, they are good he said.  Tiana almost glows when she talks about Derek, but not just about his athletic prowess, but because of who he is and how he is becoming a man right before her eyes. If success in life for a man is predicated on the amount of love and prayer invested in him by his mother, then Derek is in good shape.

And Derek is there for her as well. When she faced major health scares in the past two years, Derek became the son/nurse, they are family and they stick close, which is all they know. Success is born in the tight knit fabric of family and Tiana and Derek are a testimony to that.

A Legacy at Apalachee  

Derek’s sister, Saboyce, five years his senior, left a great legacy at Apalachee. Quite the basketball player herself, she reached the 1,000-point threshold in her career and signed a scholarship to play college ball at Emanuel College in Franklin Springs, Georgia after she graduated in 2012.  She held the Apalachee High School girls shot-put record with a throw of 34-2.5 until 2016 when current junior Nakia Hooks, another basketball player, took the honors. Derek’s conversation was light-hearted as we talked, but when it came to his sisters’ influence, he suddenly got serious.  “I remember – I was in middle school and was not playing basketball and she would go outside to play and I would go with her. Even though she was with her older friends, she treated me with respect, she treated me like I was someone. That changed me. Her attitude towards me changed how I saw myself. I wanted to be like her.”

Saboyce lives in Illinois now and the gym she starred in is now under her brother’s watch, but as a player who scored often – she once took 50 shots in a game against Clarke Central – her biggest current contribution is the assist she provided by helping the in development of Derek.

Late Bloomer

In today’s microwave environment of developing the basketball talents of youngsters, the norm is for players to enter to the competitive grind of club basketball around age 9 or 10. For those who want to go big time, the prevalent thought is you play year-round at the highest level. From this, skills are honed but more importantly, players become known to the college recruiters before ever entering high school.  While the current stars of the Class of 2018 were spending their summers traveling to gyms all around the state, Derek took a different path; he developed his music. Before Saboyce drug him outside to play hoops, he was at home with his drum set.  Music was his oasis and playing in the praise band at his church was his arena to be seen.

To this day, he still plays the drums at Grace Missionary Baptist Church. The Pastor there, Robert Ballard has been his mentor since he was in the fourth grade. Coincidently, Rev. Ballard is also the PA announcer for Apalachee basketball, so he gets to see both sides of Derek, the music and the basketball.  Ballard shared, “Derek is really an exceptional young man. Whether it is his athletic or musical abilities, it is clear to see he is truly gifted. But his greatest gifts are his ability to connect with people regardless of age, interests or skin color. Everyone loves him and sees him as their own.  The school cafeteria workers adore him because he is one of the few students that give them hugs and tells them thank you.”

Tiana said it best, “He is a well-rounded young man, he has a love for people and people are drawn to him. He lost his father at an early age and I think that is a big reason for him loving people.” It doesn’t take long to be around Derek to sense that about him.

Revisiting a Scare

Last season, the Apalachee Wildcats, led by two senior All-Region guards, were holding onto third-place in the region. On January 20, 2017, Derek scored 21 points as the Wildcats held off rival Winder-Barrow.  In early February, with the tournament coming up, Derek suffered a season-ending knee injury. While there was physical pain for the injury, the mental strain was tough too. His jovial, whimsical demeanor turned very serious during the conversation. He shared, “While I was hurting, it was tough because I felt like I let my teammates down. It took a long time for me to get over that.”

The Wildcats lost their final four games of the 2016-17 season, including twice against Winder-Barrow and came up short in their goal to make the state tournament. It is easy to see that experience left mixed emotions on Derek and he has wrestled with those feelings a lot over the past 12 months.  While the pain is gone, the desire to move past the experience mentally is evident.

Game Day

A tour of the Apalachee High School student parking lot is like many of the affluent schools in the metro-Atlanta area, big trucks and nice cars. But for Derek, game day starts on the school bus. Tiana gets off work around 3:15 a.m. and is asleep when it’s time for him to head to school. But as in all the other aspects of his life, Derek uses the time on the bus to begin preparation for the game, “I start the day with my music,” he offered, “I listen to different things, it always starts my routine and gets me ready.”

After school, when the JV and 9th grade games start, you will find the star forward in the concession stand making fries and hot dogs, he loves serving and being around people, it is where he is most comfortable.

Derek Miller, Rob Grubbs
Even our own Rob Grubbs can not score in the paint on Miller

Once it’s game-time, Derek is mentally at peace, no moment is too big for him. Coach Bernstein says of Derek, “He is a physical specimen, he has unbelievable stamina and he is fast and never shows fatigue on the court.” When asked what he thinks when he gets the ball, he dead-panned, “Four things, in this order; dunk, hook shot, pass or get fouled.”  His dunks are what the fans wants to see.  Against Banks County earlier this season, Derek had an exceptional flush that jolted the crowd. He said, “I could feel the rush of energy from the crowd, it was an exciting moment.” While he may be a late bloomer to the game, he has no problem thinking like a big man.

In terms of the professional game, his favorite player is Russell Westbrook, “I admire the way he runs the floor, but I really like the way he hypes up his teammates. I want to be like that. Everyone on the team is my teammate and I want to make them better. “

Wrapping up a Career

Derek has come back strong from the injury, he is currently averaging 15.1 points, 12.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. His career field goal percentage sits at 55%, he is a three-year starter and has improved each year. While he may have gotten a late start, his passion for the game burns hotter that any five-star. His immediate goal is to push the Wildcats to the state tournament and finish high, but then the curtain on his high school career will close.

But that will not be the ending, it will just be a new chapter. Derek just wants a chance to play at the next level, he and his coaching staff are working towards that goal. Coach Bernstein summed it up, “I wish I had a team full of Dereks, he is that special. If I am a college coach, I want Derek on my team. I know he can play at the next level, there is no doubt in my mind. We just need to get him the looks, we need coaches to come out and experience Derek’s game firsthand.”

When that goal becomes a reality in Derek’s life, there will be a new chapter to write in this story, but for now, Derek is just happy to be Derek, to spend a few more mornings making waffles for Tiana and being a great friend to those at Apalachee High School.  While many want to move on to the next level, Derek has the unique ability to just enjoy the moment and soak it all in. It’s a lesson that Derek can teach us all.

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Week 9 Girls Rankings

Class AAAAAAA

  1. Westlake (16-1)
  2. Collins Hill (16-2)
  3. Norcross (17-3)
  4. Newton (15-2)
  5. Cherokee (16-2)
  6. North Forsyth (16-2)
  7. South Gwinnett (16-1)
  8. Hillgrove (12-4)
  9. Colquitt County (16-4)
  10. McEachern (9-5) 

Class AAAAAA

  1. Lovejoy (18-1)
  2. Winder-Barrow (13-3)
  3. Harrison (15-4)
  4. Creekview (11-6)
  5. Lanier (15-3)
  6. Forest Park (14-3)
  7. Northview (14-4)
  8. Alpharetta (14-2)
  9. Stephenson (13-5)
  10. Tucker (14-5) 

Class AAAAA

  1. Buford (15-2)
  2. Flowery Branch (16-4)
  3. Harris County (17-2)
  4. Bainbridge (18-2)
  5. Villa Rica (15-0)
  6. Arabia Mountain (15-1)
  7. Ware County (14-2)
  8. Dutchtown (15-3)
  9. Carrollton (13-4)
  10. Fayette County (12-4) 

Class AAAA

  1. Carver-Columbus (18-1)
  2. Henry County (17-1)
  3. Spalding (14-2)
  4. Northwest Whitfield (16-2)
  5. Luella (13-4)
  6. Madison County (13-5)
  7. Marist (14-2)
  8. Baldwin (16-2)
  9. Westover (15-2)
  10. Cross Creek (14-4) 

Class AAA

  1. Greater Atlanta Christian (13-3)
  2. Beach (16-1)
  3. Johnson-Savannah (11-3)
  4. Franklin County (18-0)
  5. Central-Macon (14-2)
  6. Lovett (14-4)
  7. Tattnall County (15-4)
  8. North Murray (13-5)
  9. Hart County (13-5)
  10. Sonoraville (12-4) 

Class AA

  1. Laney (16-0)
  2. Banks County (16-3)
  3. Swainsboro (13-2)
  4. Washington County (13-3)
  5. Putnam County (14-2)
  6. Rabun County (14-3)
  7. Josey (16-2)
  8. Dodge County (13-2)
  9. Model (13-3)
  10. Bryan County (15-2)

Class A-Private

  1. Holy Innocents’ (16-1)
  2. Wesleyan (15-2)
  3. St. Francis (12-3)
  4. Our Lady of Mercy (15-1)
  5. Calvary Day (16-1)
  6. Stratford Academy (13-2)
  7. Prince Avenue Christian (15-1)
  8. Christian Heritage (14-3)
  9. Landmark Christian (9-8)
  10. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (12-5) 

Class A-Public

  1. Greenville (16-1)
  2. Pelham (15-1)
  3. Telfair County (16-2)
  4. Macon County (13-2)
  5. Wilcox County (12-4)
  6. Wheeler County (12-2)
  7. Terrell County (12-2)
  8. Marion County (14-4)
  9. Bowdon (13-4)
  10. Georgia Military College (15-0)

Just like on the boys’ side, we have two new No. 1’s this week. In Class AAAAAAA, everything was status quo with the top seven remaining unchanged. No. 3 Norcross highlighted the action by stomping Brookwood 59-29 and beating Bearden (TN) at the Krossover Classic, 57-53. No. 5 Cherokee beat Woodstock 63-41 and No. 6 North Forsyth drilled rivals South Forsyth (59-37) and West Forsyth (78-24). No. 9 Colquitt County falls one spot after going 1-1 at the Rose Classic Super Jam. The Lady Packers defeated T.C. Williams (VA) 55-47 before losing to Rock Creek Christian Academy (MD) 75-53. No. 8 Hillgrove debuts after knocking out North Cobb (15-3). The Lady Hawks handled the Lady Warriors 51-34 and picked up wins over Marietta 66-46 and at Woodstock 58-41. Hillgrove now has its sights set on rival No. 10 McEachern. The Lady Hawks take the short eight-minute ride over on Tuesday and have a chance to take firm control of Region 3. The Lady Indians struggled to beat Marietta 62-55 last week.

No. 1 Lovejoy regains control of the top spot in Class AAAAAA for the first time since Week 4. The Lady Wildcats held off No. 6 Forest Park 52-48 on the road. No. 3 Harrison drops two places after losing to Class 5A No. 1 Buford 57-35. The Lady Hoyas survived No. 4 Creekview in double overtime 29-26 before the loss to Buford. Creekview surges up five spots after their defensive war with Harrison and their blowout of rival Sequoyah (14-3), who falls out of the Top 10. The Grizzlies sucked the life out of the Lady Chiefs winning 46-21 in the War Lodge after holding Sequoyah to a 5-point first half. Creekview has now won five consecutive meetings with their Hickory Flat foes. No. 8 Alpharetta plummets four spots after an upset 42-37 loss at Johns Creek.  New to the poll this week is No. 10 Tucker, who returns for the first time since Week 5.

Down six spots in Class AAAAA is No. 8 Dutchtown. Eagle’s Landing avenged a 49-41 loss by beating the Lady Bulldogs 54-46. The Lady Eagles (12-6) are now knocking on the door of the Top 10 and are back in the thick of things in Region 4. No. 4 Harris County had a strong week, beating Veterans 50-35 and winning at McIntosh 65-52. The Villa Rica basketball program is now a combined 31-0 as the No. 6 boys are 16-0 and the No. 5 girls are 15-0. Chasing the Wildcats in Region 7 are No. 9 Carrollton and Rome (14-2). The two meet in Carrollton on Tuesday. No. 10 Fayette County earned a hard-fought Region 3 win at Starr’s Mill in overtime, 57-50.

Class AAAA No. 1 Carver-Columbus helped send Americus-Sumter (14-3) out of the Top 10 with a 69-51 defeat. The Lady Panthers also lost to new Region 1 representative, debutant No. 9 Westover 51-45. Elsewhere, No. 2 Henry County suffered their first loss of the year at the Elite Showcase in New York City, losing to Shenendehowa (NY) 73-51 after beating No. 5 Luella 68-61 at home. No. 7 Marist beat Class A-Private No. 9 Landmark Christian in convincing fashion, 54-35. No. 8 Baldwin falls two spots after a 55-48 loss at Burke County. The Braves now have to deal with newly ranked No. 10 Cross Creek on Tuesday. The Lady Razorbacks have been powered by freshman Jordyn Dorsey, who is averaging 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Cross Creek replaces Jefferson (13-5) in the rankings after the Lady Dragons fell to St. Pius X, 49-39.

In Class AAA, No. 4 Franklin County made a statement behind Mya Jones’ 28 points in a 64-46 win at No. 9 Hart County. Out of the poll are Peach County (11-6) and Haralson County (13-2). Peach County was thumped by No. 5 Central-Macon 42-22 while the Rebelettes lost to returnee No. 8 North Murray 50-49. Debuting in the poll is another Region 6 team, No. 10 Sonoraville. The Lady Phoenix have been paced by youngsters Alexa Geary (2021) and Maliyah Parks (2020). Sonoraville already holds a 60-51 win over Haralson County coming back on January 5.

The race in Class AA is tightening up as No. 1 Laney withstood another scare from No. 7 Josey, 67-60 to remain perfect. No. 8 Dodge County’s troubling trend continues. Every time I’m ready to push all my chips to the middle of the table to pronounce Dodge County as a legit title contender, the Squaws flop. They sink six spots after a 71-52 blowout home loss against No. 4 Washington County, who leaps five spots after also adding a 53-42 win at Southwest-Macon. No. 3 Swainsboro climbs two positions after dropping Metter (13-4) from the Top 10 with a 59-43 loss. The hottest team in Class AA however, is none other than No. 2 Banks County. The Lady Leopards have played a gauntlet thus far and it is paying off. The winners of 10-straight shoot up six positions after winning at No. 6 Rabun County 59-49 and hammering No. 5 Putnam County 61-40. At the bottom of the rankings, No. 10 Bryan County debuts behind the play of sophomore Olonna Rawls. The Redskins host Metter on Tuesday to cement their Top 10 status.

Everyone is streaking in Class A-Private, meaning there’s not much room for movement among the top seven. No. 1 Holy Innocents’ has won 14-straight after beating Hoover (AL) at the Krossover Classic 53-48. No. 4 Our Lady of Mercy now has 15-straight victories under their belt after a 50-38 win at newly ranked No. 10 ELCA. Remember the name Weronika Hipp. The freshman from Poland is averaging 24 points per game and knocking down 45% of her three-pointers. She was named MVP of the European FIBA Championships while playing on her U16 team back in Europe.  No. 5 Calvary Day has run up 13-straight wins while No. 6 Stratford Academy beat rival Tattnall Square in overtime 50-41 to make it nine in a row. No. 7 Prince Avenue Christian knocked Athens Academy (14-3) from the Top 10 to earn their 14th straight W. No. 8 Christian Heritage scrapped out a 64-62 win at Class A-Public No. 9 Bowdon.

It will be extremely difficult for someone to take back the perch in Class A-Public from new No. 1 Greenville. Mississippi State-signee Brittany Davis is the best player in the classification and one of the best in the entire state, averaging 32.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 7 steals and 2.3 blocks. The Lady Patriots beat No. 8 Marion County 68-58 to secure their spot as the team to beat now that No. 3 Telfair County faltered against No. 5 Wilcox County and Wichita State-commit Trajata Colbert, who dumped in 24 points in the 45-30 upset. No. 4 Macon County handed Marion County their second loss of the week, 52-44. It took overtime for No. 6 Wheeler County to fend off Savannah Country Day, 55-48. No. 10 Georgia Military College sinks three spots even though they are the class’ lone unbeaten. The Lady Bulldogs won three nail-biters, beating 7-9 Hancock Central (36-33), 10-3 Glascock County (46-42) and 3-14 Aquinas (35-32).

Week 9 Boys Rankings

Class AAAAAAA

  1. McEachern (14-2)
  2. Norcross (16-2)
  3. Pebblebrook (16-2)
  4. Mountain View (16-2)
  5. Newton (15-3)
  6. Meadowcreek (13-3)
  7. Grayson (13-3)
  8. Peachtree Ridge (14-3)
  9. Collins Hill (16-2)
  10. Wheeler (11-7)

Class AAAAAA

  1. Langston Hughes (15-4)
  2. Gainesville (11-6)
  3. Brunswick (17-1)
  4. Tri-Cities (14-4)
  5. Douglas County (13-4)
  6. Stephenson (12-5)
  7. Jonesboro (13-6)
  8. Cambridge (17-1)
  9. Bradwell Institute (13-5)
  10. Coffee (9-6)

Class AAAAA

  1. Warner Robins (14-2)
  2. Buford (15-3)
  3. Miller Grove (12-6)
  4. Southwest DeKalb (13-6)
  5. Lithonia (15-4)
  6. Villa Rica (16-0)
  7. Maynard Jackson (17-1)
  8. Stockbridge (13-4)
  9. Statesboro (14-3)
  10. Eagle’s Landing (13-5)

Class AAAA

  1. Upson-Lee (18-0)
  2. St. Pius X (16-2)
  3. Mary Persons (17-1)
  4. Westover (13-4)
  5. Americus-Sumter (15-2)
  6. Salem (14-4)
  7. Cartersville (12-2)
  8. Baldwin (13-5)
  9. Carver-Columbus (15-4)
  10. Sandy Creek (12-5)

Class AAA

  1. Morgan County (17-0)
  2. Jenkins (12-3)
  3. Johnson-Savannah (13-2)
  4. Greater Atlanta Christian (14-3)
  5. Westside-Macon (9-7)
  6. Cedar Grove (12-6)
  7. Central-Macon (12-3)
  8. Windsor Forest (11-6)
  9. Dawson County (13-4)
  10. Towers (11-5)

Class AA

  1. Glenn Hills (16-0)
  2. Thomasville (15-2)
  3. South Atlanta (15-2)
  4. Dublin (13-2)
  5. Elbert County (16-2)
  6. Swainsboro (12-3)
  7. Washington County (10-5)
  8. Laney (13-3)
  9. Therrell (11-7)
  10. Banks County (16-3)

Class A-Private

  1. St. Francis (15-2)
  2. Aquinas (16-3)
  3. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (15-2)
  4. Christian Heritage (16-0)
  5. Stratford Academy (10-4)
  6. Mt. Vernon Presbyterian (11-4)
  7. Lakeview Academy (11-5)
  8. North Cobb Christian (13-5)
  9. Holy Innocents’ (10-7)
  10. Drew Charter (8-8)

Class A-Public

  1. Manchester (14-0)
  2. Woodville-Tompkins (15-2)
  3. Calhoun County (16-2)
  4. Montgomery County (13-3)
  5. Central-Talbotton (14-2)
  6. Wilcox County (13-3)
  7. Lanier County (15-2)
  8. Pelham (13-3)
  9. Macon County (12-3)
  10. Wilkinson County (11-6)

 

We have two new No. 1 teams this week, but in Class AAAAAAA, No. 1 McEachern is still the team to beat. There has been some major shuffling below the Indians, however. No. 9 Collins Hill drops six spots after getting swept by returnee, No. 8 Peachtree Ridge, 54-49. The Lions raced past the Eagles, outscoring them 17-7 in the final quarter with Florida State-signee Devin Vassell dropping in 23 points. Collins Hill’s inability to beat Peachtree Ridge has opened up a half-game lead in Region 6 for No. 4 Mountain View, just ahead of the Lions. The Bears have quietly won 11-straight games but have a murderer’s row to finish the regular season; luckily for them all at home. Mountain View hosts Duluth (13-6), Peachtree Ridge, Collins Hill and Discovery (9-9) over their final four games. No. 6 Meadowcreek shut down EJ Montgomery and No. 10 Wheeler 59-47, sending the Wildcats down three positions. No. 3 Pebblebrook survived a tough road week, winning at South Cobb 80-74 and at Westlake 69-59. No. 5 Newton dispatched of Class 3A No. 5 Westside-Macon 86-70 at the Covington News Super 8 Showcase. Falling out of the Top 10 is Etowah (16-2). The Eagles were upset in overtime by Walton, 43-38.

No. 1 Langston Hughes was upset on Tuesday night in Region 5-AAAAAA play at Alexander 70-66, but retains their top position since Landers Nolley did not play. Nolley, however, made up for lost time by hanging 31 points, 8 rebounds and 4 steals in a 69-58 win at No. 4 Tri-Cities, and followed up with a 50-point outburst in a 78-56 win at Creekside. No. 2 Gainesville could never quite pull away from Lanier (13-5) even after leading 47-29 after three quarters and eventually holding on for a 57-46 win. The Longhorns exit the poll and are replaced by No. 10 Coffee. The Trojans have won 5-straight, including a 53-47 win over Lowndes. Coffee is 7-3 since football season ended. Also out of the poll is Dacula (10-7). The Falcons have been one of the state’s biggest disappointments with three future D-I players and a Columbus State-signee on the roster. They were upset by Mill Creek 53-49. Breaking back into the Top 10 for the first time since Week 5 is No. 6 Stephenson. The Jaguars beat No. 7 Jonesboro in overtime 65-58. Down four spots is No. 9 Bradwell Institute. The Tigers have not found consistency this year, losing to Glynn Academy 63-54.

Following No. 2 Buford’s unforeseen 65-64 loss at Cedar Shoals, No. 1 Warner Robins regains control of Class AAAAA. No. 3 Miller Grove continues to turn back competition in Region 5, beating No. 4 Southwest DeKalb in overtime, 63-58. No. 5 Lithonia visits Southwest DeKalb on Tuesday.  No. 6 Villa Rica continues to slip by, beating 3-13 East Paulding 77-72, 10-7 Cass 54-43 and 10-8 Kell 53-51. No. 8 Stockbridge knocked Woodland-Stockbridge (12-5) out of the Top 10, 76-69 at Woodland. Columbia (11-7) also tumbles out of the rankings following a 73-72 loss to Arabia Mountain. Reentering are No. 9 Statesboro and No. 10 Eagle’s Landing. The Blue Devils blew out Ware County on the road 64-45 while the Eagles won at Union Grove 62-38 and beat Dutchtown 70-63.

If No. 3 Mary Persons can’t contend with No. 1 Upson-Lee in Region 2-AAAA, the classification is shaping up to be relatively drama-free come state tournament time. Cam Holden will need a monster game if the Bulldogs are to shock the nation. Holden piled in 46 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in Mary Persons’ 92-76 win against Northside-Warner Robins and was suspended for their 76-46 loss at home against the Knights. No. 2 St. Pius X blasted Wesleyan 67-33 on the road. No. 4 Westover has won 11-straight and took advantage of a tired No. 5 Americus-Sumter team that won a 125-122 six overtime game against No. 9 Carver-Columbus the night before. The Patriots beat the Panthers 68-63 at Westover. No. 10 Sandy Creek plummets seven spots. Much like last year, the Patriots just can’t seem to play up to their full potential for the entire season. They lost 62-58 at No. 7 Cartersville and fell at LaGrange 50-49, putting themselves in a hole in Region 5.

No. 1 Morgan County scored a pair of 68-47 Region 8-AAA wins over East Jackson and Monroe Area (10-6), who has lost four in a row and falls out of the Top 10. No. 2 Jenkins turned back No. 8 Windsor Forest for the second time this year 61-57, but did not impress in a 61-52 win over Peach County at the Covington News Super 8 Showcase. No. 4 Greater Atlanta Christian proved the Sandy’s Spiel Rankings are the only polls you should ever go by, crushing an overwhelmed Union County team 70-39 on the road. No. 6 Cedar Grove suffered a very bad loss at Lovett, 47-45, dropping the Saints two spots. Pierce County (12-4) did not last long in the Top 10, losing to Ware County 55-48. Back into the poll is No. 9 Dawson County, who beat Union County 48-45. Debuting is No. 10 Towers. The Titans beat Pace Academy 79-77 and now visit Cedar Grove on Tuesday.

The pressure was too much for No. 7 Washington County in Class AA as the Golden Hawks wilted and dropped four spots after losses to Dodge County 65-59 and to Southwest-Macon 47-45. Over half the roster was sick with the flu, saving the Golden Hawks from falling completely out of the Top 10. No. 3 South Atlanta earned a pair of wins at the MLK Inspire Classic, beating Northeast (FL) 73-65 and Fleming Island (FL) 74-56. No. 4 Dublin took care of Northeast-Macon 82-67 but will have their hands full on Friday as they welcome hard-charging Bleckley County. The Royals are 13-3 under first-year head coach Randall Owens after finishing 16-13 a year ago. Multi-sport star 6-foot-4 Torenio Davis is a freakish athlete that is averaging 16.2 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. No. 10 Banks County drops another spot after the Leopards still can’t find their swagger. The Leopards blew out Region 8 opponents last year, but had to hold on for a 70-66 win over the 3-13 Oglethorpe County Patriots on Saturday.

Class A-Private No. 1 St. Francis clocked King’s Ridge Christian 65-45 and Mt. Pisgah 79-35. It didn’t take long for last week’s new faces in the poll to falter. Walker (12-4) drops out after barely beating Pinecrest Academy in overtime 64-62 and losing at Galloway 58-52. Landmark Christian (10-7) has lost 3-straight, sinking out of the Top 10. Taking their place is debutant No. 10 Drew Charter. First-year head coach James Williams has guided the Eagles to 4-straight wins, highlighted by a 79-71 win over Greenforest, a 74-60 victory against Landmark Christian and a 61-51 win over Fulton Leadership Academy. No. 8 North Cobb Christian returns after a 68-63 overtime win against Allatoona. No. 5 Stratford Academy beat Class A-Public No. 10 Wilkinson County in overtime, 74-65. No. 6 Mt. Vernon Presbyterian beat Riverwood 72-59 for the first time in four years, moving the Mustangs up two spots. No. 9 Holy Innocents’ roller coaster season continued, taking a tough loss to Liberty County 78-74 at the Covington News Super 8 Showcase.

We have a new No. 1 and a completely changed Top 10 outside of spots No. 8 and No. 9 in Class A-Public. Road warriors No. 1 Manchester bowed up, taking the top spot away from No. 5 Central-Talbotton in a hostile environment 66-54 and then outlasting No. 9 Macon County 74-73, an hour and 15 minutes away from home. Central-Talbotton has lost all momentum, losing to Harris County 40-38 as well. No. 7 Lanier County slips four spots after losing at No. 6 Wilcox County 75-69, the Patriots rising four spots. No. 10 Wilkinson County falls three positions after losses to Stratford Academy and Class 4A No. 8 Baldwin, 64-51. No. 4 Montgomery County cracks the Top 5 after beating rival Treutlen 93-87 behind Jahleel Wilson’s 32 points, Daveaun Coglin’s 27 and Shaw Robinson’s 22.